Auckland Council of Support to Christchurch
22 February 2011
Message of Support to
The Mayor has this afternoon
sent a message to support to his counterpart in
In the wake of today’s 6.3 Richter
scale earthquake in Christchurch, Len Brown told Bob Parker
the thoughts of Auckland are with Christchurch today. “We
all have friends and family in Canterbury and we feel for
you at this time,” he said.
will do everything it can to help as the people of
Christchurch pick up the pieces. In the meantime, our
thoughts and our prayers are with you.”
says he will discuss a number of options with council
officers, including the provision of road and water
engineering support, civil defence, and specialists in
building consents if these are requested.
© Scoop Media
Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017
For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future?
Certainly, at the end of this week, the next US President will have won office (at least in part) thanks to his proven ability at (a) scapegoating refugees and migrants (b) wooing neo-Nazis and racial supremacists (c) attacking journalists and judges (d) threatening to jail his opponents (e) urging nuclear proliferation and (e) by promising to restrict women’s rights to control their own fertility.
On the face of that campaign record, there wouldn’t seem to be much in common between Donald Trump and say, Spain’s centre-left populist party, Podemos. Yet arguably, the similarities could be instructive for the Labour/Green partnership here. More>>